Drug charges in California involve the manufacturing, possession, transportation, and sale of controlled substances. Common drug charges include the following:

  • HS 11364 – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • HS 11352(a) – Possession for Sale of a Controlled Substance
  • HS 11350(a) – Possession of a Narcotic
  • HS 11352(b) – Transportation for Sale of a Controlled Substance
  • HS 11353 – Sale or Furnish a Controlled Substance to a Minor

In San Diego County, drug possession for personal use is typically resolved by way of diversion pursuant to PC 1000, wherein the defendant enters a guilty plea and the sentenced is stayed for 18 months. During the 18-month period, the defendant is required to participate in 3 months of drug treatment. If the defendant remains law abiding for 18 months and completes the required drug treatment program, the case is dismissed; it’s as if the case never existed. However, if the defendant fails to remain law abiding and picks up a new criminal case or doesn’t complete the drug treatment program, the case is reinstated. This will result in an automatic conviction based on the prior “guilty plea” and the defendant will be immediately sentenced.

To find out if you qualify for PC 1000 diversion or, if not, what other options are available to you, please contact the office of criminal lawyer Paul Hefley to schedule a free consultation. When you need a defense attorney who will go to the mat for you, count on Mr. Hefley to provide expert legal representation.